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Talk:Create a LockScreen Preview Settings Page for Windows Phone

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Hamishwillee - Subedited/Reviewed

Hi Iestyn

First, thanks very much for contributing and welcome to the wiki! Do you think you could make your profile public and add some detail because this is all we see? To do this you need to [ make your profile public here.

OK, so I've subedited for wiki style - didn't have to do much (thanks!) except make one of the filenames bold. I particularly liked that you provided good links to related material. The English is fine too. In terms of article "as it is" the only question is where "[APP NAME]" comes from in the text - is this just a placeholder for your app? I

Now more broadly, when I first consider an article on the wiki I think "does this duplicate other material", "what value does this add over other articles". I use search to find similar articles - in this case found the two articles you did and Dynamic Lock Screen for Windows Phone 8.

What your article does extra is allows selection of different styles of provider (templates). It also introduces the Lockscreen previewer which is a new one on me - and a nice addition over the others. So yes, definitely adds. I would consider making it also state the existing provider in the UI, since I think that is kind of useful /polite information to provide.

What I don't like about this is the title and the reference to the facebook app. If you don't know what the facebook app style is, then this doesn't help you. Also frankly if I saw that the facebook app and decided I wanted behaviour like that then I still wouldn't think to use that to search on. So to improve this I suggest you change the title to reflect your real value add. Something like "Improved LockScreen setting UI for Windows Phone apps" or "Lockscreen Previewer UI for Windows Phone". I would move the image of YOUR app to the top - the introduction then explains how the article shows you the existing app with lockscreen rights, and makes it easy to change the lockscreen to a selected preview. I would concentrate on LockscreenPreview since that is very cool and does save you a lot of time.


Regards Hamish

PS Sorry for the ramble, I wanted to explain that this is pretty good, but could be improved and why.

hamishwillee 04:02, 31 May 2013 (EEST)

Hamishwillee - PS What devices have you tested against

So I can add that to the ArticleMetaData

hamishwillee 04:04, 31 May 2013 (EEST)

I Jones - Thanks for the comments

Hi Hamish

Thank you for the comments, I agree with removing the reference to 'Facebook' app as it makes the article more generic. The only reason I added it was because it's one of the only apps I know of that uses a similar design.

I've amended the article but haven't been able to find a way to display the name of the current provider. There's no API calls I can find to get the name, only a yes/no result to see if the curent app is the provider.

I Jones 10:34, 31 May 2013 (EEST)

Hamishwillee - Thanks for the fixes

Hi Iestyn

All fixes look great to me. Another developer moved this for you - if you need to in future the move menu is in a drop down menu next to the "eye" symbol near top right of the page.

Only other thing I can think to add is whether there is more to say about the preview? ie are there more parameters you haven't talked about? Why use this rather than creating your own dialog? etc.



hamishwillee 09:48, 3 June 2013 (EEST)